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January 27, 2003

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Hobby of Scripophily Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary ®, Celebrates with Huge Sale
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WASHINGTON, DC ( Janaury 27,  2003 ) - ®, the Internet’s largest buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates celebrates the hobby of Scripophily's 25 year anniversary.  SCRIPOPHILY (scrip-af-il-ly), the collecting of canceled old stocks and bonds, gained recognition as a hobby around the mid-1970s.  The hobby's name was conceived in 1978. The word resulted combining words from English and Greek. The word "scrip"  represents an ownership right and the word "philos" means to love.   Today there are thousands of collectors worldwide in search of scarce, rare, and popular stocks and bonds. Collectors who come from the a variety of businesses enjoy this as a hobby. - The Gift of History,  is celebrating the hobby's 25 year anniversary with a huge sale on everything.  "We are happy to be part of this wonderful hobby that has thousands of collectors worldwide" said Bob Kerstein, CEO  "The hobby has many great people involved in it with whom I am proud to be affiliated" Kerstein added.

Due to electronic trading, a very small percentage of modern stock purchases are made generating a paper certificate due to the high costs and inefficiencies.  Furthermore, the New York Stock Exchange has recently adopted rules whereby member companies are no longer required to issue stock certificates. recently donated a collection of modern stock certificates from frauds, scandals, and dot com-related busts to the Museum of American Financial History, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution located in New York City.  This collection includes stock certificates from companies such as Enron, Worldcom, Aldelphia, ImClone, Martha Stewart, Rite Aid, Tyco International, DrKoop, Egghead, and XO Communications. 

BACKGROUND LLC, The Gift of History, is a leading provider of collectible stock and bond certificates and other old paper items.  The company also offers an old stock research service at was founded by Bob ( Kerstein.  Bob has more than 25 years of senior management experience in the Communications, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. ® has experienced over 10 Million page views on its websites during the past 12 months. There are over 7,800 different selections including categories such as Frauds, Scandals, Bankruptcies, Dot Coms, as well as the more traditional areas such as Railroads, Telephone, Entertainment, Sports, Manufacturing, Mining, Utilities,  Oil and Gas, Retail, Tobacco, Food, Banks, Insurance and others.  For more information on®, visit or or call 1-703-579-4209.

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